The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?




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The Irish Independent, 5 November 20095:

Garda chief vows to clear his name in Ludlow probe inquiry

Tom Brady
Security Editor
Former Garda Commissioner Larry Wren vowed last night to clear his name at an inquiry into the investigation of the murder of Seamus Ludlow.

Mr Wren said he would vindicate himself before an Oireachtas committee in January, which has been set up to examine the findings of a report by Mr Justice Henry Barron on the garda handling of the shooting in 1976.

The Barron report said a crucial decision to abandon plans to interview four named suspects outside the State was probably taken by Mr Wren, who was then head of C3 crime and security section.

However, last night Mr Wren told the Irish Independent this conclusion was ridiculous and there was not a scintilla f evidence to justify the assessment reached by Mr Justice Barron.

Ludlow, a 47-year-old forestry worker, from Dundalk, was killed by a loyalist gag in a random sectarian murder after he accepted a lift in a car while on his way home near the Border.

Four names of suspects were subsequently supplied by the RUC to gardai but the gardai did not seek permission to cross the border and sit in on interviews with them.

Barron concluded that a decision had been taken to avoid a scenario where gardai might feel obliged to reciprocate by allowing RUC officers to attend interviews of suspects in the State. The report said Mr Wren was likely to have discussed the move with other senior gardai and possibly senior officials from the Justice Department.

But the absence of files meant this could not be confirmed.

However, last night Mr Wren totally disputed this account and said he had no conversations with anybody about interviewing suspects outside the jurisdiction.

He said a directive had been issued in 1953 by the assistant commissioner in charge of crime branch stating that while officers could travel across the Border in the investigation of ordinary crime, this did not apply to crimes regarded as subversive or political.

"More than 20 years later that directive still stood and every senior officer was aware of it.

"I am not aware of any discussions on a decision about sending officers across the Border.

"It simply did not arise. The conclusion reached by Mr Justice Barron beggars comprehension.

"There is no way any deputy commissioner would consider a decision like that without consulting with the commissioner or a senior department official," he concluded.


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See also:

Daily Ireland, 4 November 2005: Ludlow relatives accuse authorities of not pursuing killers because of fear of upsetting British Family lashes government

The Irish News, 4 November 2005: Ludlow murder 'a random sectarian killing

The Belfast Telegraph, 4 November 2005 (early print edition): More delays for Ludlow family

The Irish Independent, 4 November 2005: Ludlow family insists public inquiry is crucial for justice

BBC News online: 4 November 2005: Call for public inquiry into 1976 murder

RTE News online, 4 November 2005: Wren rejects Barron report finding

The Irish Times, 4 November 2005: Ludlow report criticises Garda investigation

The Belfast Telegraph, 4 November 2005 Relatives of man killed by loyalists urge police action probe

The Irish Examiner - Editorial, 4 November 2005: Family needs a full-scale inquiry

The Irish Examiner, 4 November 2005: Report critical of handling of Ludlow case

The Irish Examiner, 4 November 2005: 'We think this goes right to Cabinet level'

The Irish Sun, 4 November 2005: Storm as Ludlow report is revealed

Irish Daily Star, 4 November 2005: No result in death probe Gardai ignored RUC tip on loyalist killers of Louth man

Daily Ireland, 5 November 2005: Ludlow suspect in swap deal

The Irish News, 5 November 2005: Ludlow family call for public inquiry into death

The Irish Independent - Editorial, 5 November 2005: A different country

The Irish News - Editorial, 05 November 2005: Ludlow family deserve justice

The Belfast Telegraph, 5 November 2005: Loyalist named in Ludlow murder inquiry admits: I Was There But I Didn't Kill Him

The Belfast Telegraph, 5 November 2005: Ludlow Murder Witness Battles To Clear His Name

The News of the World, 6 November 2005: I'm no killer, says 'branded' UDA man Loyalist hits at Report

The Sunday Life, 6 November 2005: 'Murder car' man feels like a victim

The Belfast Telegraph, 8 November 2005: Victims group questions report into loyalist killing

The Irish Times, 8 November 2005: Ludlow family seeks sworn public inquiry

The Dundalk Democrat, 9 November 2005: Full public inquiry is Ludlow aim

The Argus (Dundalk), 11 November 2005: Four suspected of killing named

The Argus (Dundalk), 11 November 2005: Family’s call for a full public inquiry remains unchanged

The Argus (Dundalk), 11 November 2005: “We’re overjoyed all we wanted was truth of killing to emerge”

The Argus (Dundalk), 11 November 2005: Gardai were ordered to ‘abandon’ plans to interview four suspects

The Sunday World (Northern edition), 13 November 2005: Jim Campbell Truth is out there



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